Should Dogs Get the H1N1 Vaccine?

What are vaccines, and why do they matter?

Vaccines are products designed to trigger protective immune responses and prepare the immune system to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. Vaccines stimulate the immune system’s production of antibodies that identify and destroy disease-causing organisms that enter the body.

What to expect after vaccination

Veterinarians: Help your clients understand what’s normal after vaccination and what might indicate a problem. Download a free handout available only to AVMA members.

Vaccines provide immunity against one or several diseases that can lessen the severity or prevent certain diseases altogether.

Experts agree that widespread use of vaccinations within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. Vaccinations protect your pet from highly contagious and deadly diseases and improve your pet’s overall quality of life. US pet owners spend over $50 billion per annum on their pets.

5 reasons to vaccinate your pet

  1. Vaccinations prevent many pet illnesses.
  2. Vaccinations can help avoid costly treatments for diseases that can be prevented.
  3. Vaccinations prevent diseases that can be passed between animals and also from animals to people.
  4. Diseases prevalent in wildlife, such as rabies and distemper, can infect unvaccinated pets.
  5. In many areas, local or state ordinances require certain vaccinations of household pets.

Do vaccinations ensure protection?

For most pets, vaccination is effective in preventing future disease and only rarely will a vaccinated pet have insufficient immunity to fight off the disease. It is important to follow the vaccination schedule provided by your veterinarian to reduce the possibility of a gap in protection.

Are there risks to vaccinating my pet?

Any type of medical treatment has associated risks, but the risk should be weighed against the benefits of protecting your pet, your family and your community from potentially fatal diseases. The majority of pets respond well to vaccines.

The most common adverse responses to vaccination are mild and short-term. Serious reactions are rare. An uncommon but serious adverse reaction that can occur in cats is tumor growth (sarcomas), which can develop weeks, months, or even years after a vaccination. Improvements in vaccination technology and technique have greatly reduced the occurrence of sarcomas.

It looks like during this dreaded time of year we humans aren’t the only ones feeling the pain. Dogs can get the flu, too. I was driving by the vet’s office and saw an ad for Dog Swine Flu Vaccines.  It’s the flu that killed racing greyhounds in Florida in 2003, but it is now headed for our beloved dogs. I couldn’t resist researching it a little more and writing an article about it! It turns out that a dog in New York was confirmed to be infected with H1N1 influenza after it showed signs of illness following its owner’s with confirmed 2009 H1N1 influenza infection. I read an online review of Kirkland’s dog food where it mainly talked about the importance of a healthy dog diet but in the end it recommended vaccines to prevent canine diseases. It was clear for me that they are really trying to spread the word out. Luckily scientists at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry have developed two new vaccines for canine influenza.  Due to all this, the veterinarian st petersburg fl clinic is offering vaccines for your pets at affordable prices.

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